Author Archives: Mitchells Roberton

November 2015 – Sorting Out Consumer Disputes

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force last month. It is largely the result of a review of the law about consumer rights conducted jointly by the (English) Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission. The review culminated in … More

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October 2015 – Private Tenancy Rent Control

Introduction  The Bullet Point Update (No. 4) for April this year said something about changes in the offing for private rented sector tenancies. Things have moved on a bit since then and the changes now included in The Private Housing … More

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August 2015 – “It’s not fair and we will act” – The new Inheritance Tax allowance for residential property

One of the things in George Osborne’s Summer Budget speech which attracted a lot of attention was the announcement of the phasing in of a new Inheritance Tax (“IHT”) allowance of £175,000 (to be added on to an individual’s existing … More

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July 2015 – Execution In “Counterpart” Goes Live

Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Act 2015 (“the Counterparts Act”) General background Contracts may be formed in various ways. For example, in relation to the sale and purchase of a house, a succession of formal letters are normally exchanged … More

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Paul Neilly becomes Director

The Directors of Mitchells Roberton Limited are delighted to announce that Paul Neilly has been made a Director of the Company as from 1st July 2015.

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June 2015 – “Don’t Take This To A ‘Greedy Lawyer!” – Home Made Wills

The words in the title appeared in the notebook of Mrs Melanie Gibson who died on 7th October 2012. Her notebook also included other wording as follows:

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May 2015 – Property Abroad & Death Regulation (EU) No 650/2012 “BRUSSELS IV”

EU Regulations tend to be viewed as adding complexity to our lives rather than the reverse. That view may often be well-founded. But the EU Regulation concerning succession to property on death is welcome.

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April 2015 – Private Rented Sector (“PRS”) Tenancy Changes In The Offing

enancies (like people) come in all shapes and sizes. But when it comes to PRS tenancies they are usually either ‘assured’ tenancies or ‘short assured’ tenancies (both under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1988).

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March 2015 – Joker George & “Deeds of Variation”

One of the things the Chancellor, George Osborne, said in his Budget speech on 18th March was: “I can also tell the House that we will conduct a review on the avoidance of inheritance tax through the use of deeds of … More

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Kenneth Gibb Retiring

Mitchells Roberton announce that Kenneth Gibb has retired as a Consultant with the firm as from 31th March 2015. Kenneth has had a long and successful career in law spanning some 46 years.

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